Philippines Considering Martial Law After Twin Bombings Kill 15 People, Wound 75 More

General view after an explosion in Jolo Island, Sulu province, Philippines August 24, 2020. in this picture obtained from social media. PEEWEE C. BACUNO via REUTERS

Twin terror attacks struck the southern Philippines this week, killing at least 15 and injuring more than 75. The attacks are believed to have been suicide bombings.

Joe Handley of Asian Access explains the situation. “In the southern parts of the Philippines, there are these terrorist groups, influenced by what is now the Islamic State. [They] have been influencing that part of the country, really with a kind of Islamic front, attacking the southern islands.”

Handley says these terrorist groups have ties to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State and pursue the same radical agenda.

Christians are being a light in a dark time

The military is now saying it might instate martial law in the country to shut down further attacks. Handley says, “There are people who respond in fear and have locked themselves in. And of course, they have to obey the authorities. They may have curfews and things and they’ll follow those rules. At the same time, you have people that are trying to be a light in the midst of the chaos. And they will reach out to those in fear and try to console encourage and come alongside them.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask God to bring peace to the Philippines with an end to terror attacks.
  • Pray that Christians will shine the light and hope of Christ into a dark and hopeless time.